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Woman who knows no fear could offer brain clues

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Do all of these creatures have big ol’ amygdalas?

There is news out that British scientists have discovered a difference between the brains of liberals and the brains of conservatives (yes, apparently scientists actually have found brains inside of conservative skulls).

Apparently, conservatives have larger amygdalas than do liberals, and liberals have thicker anterior cingulates than do conservatives.

Huh? you say.

A Brit scientist explains that “The amygdala is a part of the brain which is very old and very ancient and thought to be very primitive and to do with the detection of emotions.”

Uh, would that be the “reptilian brain” that the scientists talk about? Wouldn’t having a larger primitive portion of the brain make the individual more primitive?

A Salon.com piece on the British brain research states that

The amygdala — typically thought of as the “primitive brain” — is responsible for reflexive impulses, like fear. The anterior cingulate is thought to be responsible for courage and optimism. This one-two punch could be responsible for many of the anecdotal claims that conservatives “think differently” from others.

Wow. I’ve always thought that wingnuts were from a different planet — or at least comprise a different species — but there seems to be emerging proof

Of course, while I’m certainly no brain researcher, I have to wonder whether people are born with a left-wing or a right-wing brain or if the brain structure itself changes over time as the result of nurture. A person brought up in a rabidly right-wing family, for instance: brought up in an environment of fear, does the fear center of his or her brain hypertrophy in response?

Is there a correlation between being type A (uptight) and being conservative and being type B (mellow) and being liberal?

How much does nature and how much does nurture contribute to one’s political orientation and to any brain differences that correlate to political orientation?

There’s so much that we don’t know, but outsized reptilian brains in the likes of tea-baggers Joe Miller and Christine O’Donnell just might (help) explain why I don’t feel any kinship whatsofucking ever to such fascists as Miller and O’Donnell, who are in the news lately — Miller because even though the re-election of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska finally was certified today after the state’s Supreme Court and a federal court both ruled that she won the election fairly and squarely, Miller still might continue his legal battle to have obvious write-in votes for Murkowski thrown out on technicalities*, and O’Donnell (who also lost her tea-baggin’ bid for the U.S. Senate) because she is crying that a federal probe into whether or not she illegally put campaign funds to personal use is purely political, that she’s a victim, when, of course, she either did or did not break the law, which the probe should uncover.

Anyway, maybe one day the No. 1 piece of information that we’re going to want to know about a political candidate is the result of his or her brain scan…

But I can tell you, without a scan, that my anterior cingulate is fucking humongous.

*Team Miller actually wanted votes thrown out if Murkowski’s name was written in but the oval next to her name was not filled in, and wanted all misspellings thrown out, notes The Associated Press. Below is an AP photo of an actual ballot that Team Miller challenged:

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The voter forgot the “w” and so apparently used a caret mark to squeeze it in between the “o” and the “s”, yet Team Miller apparently would invalidate this vote. And this one, too, because the voter wrote “Murkowski, Lisa” instead of “Lisa Murkowski”:

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And this one, too, because the voter apparently writes his or her “s’s” and “k’s” in a non-standard way:

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Wow. That’s just fucking evil, to know that the voter fully intended to vote for Murkowski, but to throw out the vote on a technicality. On this ballot, the voter indeed misspelled “Murkowski,” but can any reasonable, truthful individual truthfully assert that the voter did not intend to vote for Lisa Murkowski?

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Thankfully, the courts that Team Miller went whining to agreed that Team Miller’s complete and total disregard for the will of the Alaskan voter is moose shit.

What kind of person wants elected political office whether he or she really won the office or not?

OK, George W. Bush, you say.

Well, yeah, true, but it’s gratifying to know that although the U.S. Supreme Court kicked democracy in the teeth (and then shit and pissed all over it) and handed the presidential election to Bush in 2000, Team Miller hasn’t had similar success in subverting the democratic process.

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In O’Donnell, the voters of Delaware would get what they deserve

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Sarah Palin-Quayle protegee Christine “Man Pants” O’Donnell, pictured yesterday in Lincoln, Delaware, shouldn’t have to deal with her admission of having “dabbled into witchcraft.” There are plenty of other, better reasons for the voters of Delaware to send her packing.

Don’t get me wrong. I have no sympathy for U.S. senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell.

People get into politics for two main reasons: for self-aggrandizement and more power (for themselves and for their cronies, usually) or to try to make a difference, try to improve things for everyone. O’Donnell clearly falls into the first camp, as do most (as in more than half of) politicians.

It was in the 1990s that on Bill Maher’s show “Politically Incorrect” that O’Donnell declared that in high school she “dabbled into witchcraft” but “never joined a coven.” (She helpfully added: “One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar, and I didn’t know it. I mean, there’s a little blood there and stuff like that.”)

Clearly only the best and the brightest ever run for the U.S. Senate.

But burning O’Donnell at the stake for her admission of having “dabbled into witchcraft” feels wrong. First of all, it’s 2010 — two thousand fucking ten — and we’re talking about witchcraft being a hindrance to political office?

Even if O’Donnell were into witchcraft now, instead of being (or playing the role of, anyway) a “Christo”fascist, to me that’s religious belief and expression that is protected by the First Amendment. Only until and unless someone harms someone else and/or violates someone else’s rights and/or freedoms can we infringe upon his or her First-Amendment right to freedom of belief and religion.

Yes, it’s ironic that O’Donnell’s witchcraft admission, which aired on national television, might cost her “Christo”fascist votes. (Most of the “Christo”facists will resolve their cognitive dissonance by viewing her as “saved” though, I surmise.) And I might even be tempted to posit that maybe O’Donnell participated in witch hunts in a past life and that this is her karmic comeuppance.

But fuck all of that witchcraft stuff.

There are plenty of other reasons for the voters of Delaware to ditch O’Donnell.

First and foremost, she appears to have committed financial fraud even before she’s taken office. Reports The Associated Press:

Wilmington, Del. — A government watchdog group says Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell used campaign funds to pay her rent and other personal expenses.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed a complaint against O’Donnell with the Federal Elections Commission and is asking federal prosecutors to investigate her.

The complaint is based largely on a sworn statement by O’Donnell’s former campaign finance consultant, David Keegan. He says O’Donnell used campaign funds to pay her rent in both March and April 2009, then listed the spending as “reimbursement expenses.”

The complaint also accuses O’Donnell of using campaign funds to pay for gas, meals and a bowling outing.

O’Donnell is a “tea party” favorite who upset longtime U.S. Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware’s GOP Senate primary.

I mean, you have to know that when someone is corrupt even while still in the chute, it can only get worse once he or she is out of the chute. After the BushCheneyCorp brazenly, blatantly stole office in late 2000, how could it have come as a shock that they then would launch a bogus war, using the worst terrorist attack upon American soil as their pretext? I mean, first presidential election fraud and then even more treason in the form of a bogus war? Who possibly could have known?

Her apparent financial fraud is enough to keep Christine O’Donnell far, far away from the U.S. Senate, but there’s more. Reports Yahoo! News:

The witchcraft flap is just the latest of O’Donnell’s comments from the 1990s to surface and give fodder to those who say she’s too politically unseasoned to win November’s open-seat race against Democrat Chris Coons.

O’Donnell told Bill O’Reilly that scientists have created mice that possess human brains; she said on “Politically Incorrect” that she would not lie to Nazis if she was hiding Jews in her house; and she reportedly said that women should not be permitted entry to military service institutions.

The left has also criticized her denunciation of masturbation.

What, no one of the right wing masturbates? (Or I suppose that they do, but they feel horribly guilty afterward and they lie about it.)

Actually, the masturbation prohibition brouhaha to me is more serious than a funny little sexual joke. To me it goes to O’Donnell’s apparent willingness to force her own crackpot religious beliefs upon others while still claiming to be a slave to “liberty” and “freedom,” as she and her “tea-partying” ilk do. (It’s freedom and liberty for them, you see. Fuck the rest of us.)

If I could say just one thing to her, I suppose that it would be: Stay out of my man pants, Christine!

In fairness to O’Donnell, her comment about human brains and mice brains might have been misquoted or she might have misspoken. She might actually have commented, or meant to have said, that some human beings possess the brains of mice. That is entirely believable. It would explain the existence of the “tea party.”

I most certainly would lie to any Nazis if I had Anne Frank holed up in my house, although hopefully I’d have left the Nazi-occupied country before it even came to the point that I had to deal with any of the Nazis.

I don’t know why anyone — anyone — would join the U.S. military these days when the U.S. military hasn’t been about actual defense since World War II, but has only acted as taxpayer-funded thugs for the corporatocrats and plutocrats, and has only kept the leech of the military-industrial complex perpetually fat with the lifeblood of the tax-paying people, but I don’t believe in discriminating against anyone who is stupid enough to actually join the U.S. military who meets reasonable requirements, such as a minimum age and minimum physical fitness. (Hell, maybe the U.S. military, for all of the damage that it does to us, at least helps to clean our gene pool…)

Anyway, O’Donnell already has demonstrated, amply, that she isn’t fit to serve as dog catcher, which even the head of Delaware’s Repugnican Party stated. (The same news article recounts O’Donnell’s blatant lie that she won two of Delaware’s three counties against Joe Biden in 2008 when, in fact, she didn’t win one county. [That can’t be a misstatement. That can only be a blatant fucking lie.])  

If the voters of Delaware actually elect Christine O’Donnell, they’ll get what they deserve, just as the majority of Americans who just allowed BushCheneyCorp to steal the White House in late 2000 got what they deserved, including the current economic meltdown, as it was foreseeable. (Unfortunately, the rest of us Americans have had to suffer, too.)

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Christine ‘Man-Pants’ O’Donnell wins in Delaware, assuring Repugnican loss

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Looks like she’s had a lot of practice: “Tea party” dipshit Christine O’Donnell won Delaware’s Repugnican Party primary today after having used sleazy, homophobic tactics. O’Donnell is such an unhinged wingnutty dingbat that her victory today virtually assures a Democratic win for the state’s U.S. Senate seat in November.

“Tea party” candidate Christine O’Donnell, whose main campaign tactic against her opponent, Repugnican Party establishment candidate U.S Rep. Mike Castle, was to paint him (correctly or incorrectly) as gay, won the Repugnican Party primary for a seat in the U.S. Senate for Delaware today.

The Sarah Palin-Quayle-endorsed O’Donnell — who shouted out to Castle, “Mike, this is not a bake-off; get your man-pants on” (whatever “man-pants” are) and whose campaign ad indicated that Castle has cheated on his wife with another man — is sooo incredibly bad that the state’s Repugnican Party says that it won’t support her for the general election. Reports The Associated Press:

Despite her win, O’Donnell will enter the fall campaign as an underdog to Chris Coons, a county executive who was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Republican officials said as the votes were being counted the party would not come to her aid if she won the primary, citing a string of disclosures about her personal finances and other matters.

The state party chairman, Tom Ross, said recently she “could not be elected dogcatcher.”

I can’t see “tea party” dipshit Sharron “Second Amendment Remedies” Angle winning the U.S. Senate seat for Nevada in November, either.

It’s long been recognized that while wingnuts often can do well in Repugnican primaries, they often struggle in general elections, as the general electorate doesn’t share their wingnuttery.

I wish the “tea party” many continued victories in Repugnican Party primary elections in the future.

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